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Audra McDonald to Return to Broadway in "Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill"

  • Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    Audra McDonald to Return to Broadway in "Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill"

    Five-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald will return to Broadway this spring to take on the role of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday in the Broadway premiere of Lanie Robertson’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. The musical play will be directed by Lonny Price (110 in the Shade, A Class Act) and will begin rehearsals on March 10, 2014, with previews beginning March 25, 2014, at the Circle in the Square Theatre (1633 Broadway) for a strictly limited ten-week engagement with only 70 performances. Opening night is set for April 13, 2014.

    Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill recounts Holiday’s life story through the songs that made her famous. In 1959, in a small, intimate bar in Philadelphia, Holiday puts on a show that unbeknownst to the audience, will leave them witnesses to one of the last performances of her lifetime. Through her poignant voice and moving songs, one of the greatest jazz singers of all-time shares her loves and her losses.

    Among the 18 songs that will be performed: “God Bless the Child,” “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Strange Fruit,” and “Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness.”

    Frequent collaborators Lonny Price and Audra have been developing and working on Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill for more than two years. The intimate setting of the Circle in the Square provides a unique theatrical experience, drawing audiences—especially those seated at the tables onstage—into the performance.

    Tickets go on sale to the general public Thursday, March 6. For additional details, visit ladydayonbroadway.com.

    Audra McDonald released her first solo album in seven years, Go Back Home, in 2013 on Nonesuch Records. Her previous Nonesuch releases are Build a Bridge (2006), Happy Songs (2002), How Glory Goes (2000), and Way Back to Paradise (1998).

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on February 25, 2014 - 3:17pm
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Five-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald returns to Broadway this spring to take on the role of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday in the Broadway premiere of Lanie Robertson’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, which recounts Holiday’s life story through the songs that made her famous. Directed by Lonny Price (110 in the Shade, A Class Act), the musical begins previews March 25, 2014, at the Circle in the Square Theatre for a limited ten-week engagement with only 70 performances; opening night is set for April 13. Tickets go on sale to the general public March 6.

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Five-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald will return to Broadway this spring to take on the role of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday in the Broadway premiere of Lanie Robertson’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. The musical play will be directed by Lonny Price (110 in the Shade, A Class Act) and will begin rehearsals on March 10, 2014, with previews beginning March 25, 2014, at the Circle in the Square Theatre (1633 Broadway) for a strictly limited ten-week engagement with only 70 performances. Opening night is set for April 13, 2014.

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill recounts Holiday’s life story through the songs that made her famous. In 1959, in a small, intimate bar in Philadelphia, Holiday puts on a show that unbeknownst to the audience, will leave them witnesses to one of the last performances of her lifetime. Through her poignant voice and moving songs, one of the greatest jazz singers of all-time shares her loves and her losses.

Among the 18 songs that will be performed: “God Bless the Child,” “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Strange Fruit,” and “Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness.”

Frequent collaborators Lonny Price and Audra have been developing and working on Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill for more than two years. The intimate setting of the Circle in the Square provides a unique theatrical experience, drawing audiences—especially those seated at the tables onstage—into the performance.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Thursday, March 6. For additional details, visit ladydayonbroadway.com.

Audra McDonald released her first solo album in seven years, Go Back Home, in 2013 on Nonesuch Records. Her previous Nonesuch releases are Build a Bridge (2006), Happy Songs (2002), How Glory Goes (2000), and Way Back to Paradise (1998).

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